As summer approaches, that means that many patients of Dr. Steven Harrison will be heading out on exciting summer vacations. Vacations are a great way to break out of the normal routines of school, work, and living for the weekend, but sometimes this comes at a cost.
If you aren’t prepared to maintain your dental hygiene while you travel, especially if you wear braces, then you could end up having some less-than-enjoyable vacation experiences. As patients of Dr. Steven Harrison know, braces require a bit of additional care. When you’re traveling, you’ll want to make sure that you have everything you need to keep your teeth in their best shape. Here are some tips to help you make sure you don’t have to waste any of your vacation time fussing over your braces.
Check in With Your Orthodontic Dentist
Before you head out on your trip, consider stopping by for a checkup with your orthodontic dentist. If you’ll only be vacationing for a handful of days, this may not be necessary, but longer trips mean that you may miss a regularly-scheduled follow-up. By checking in with the office of Dr. Steven Harrison before you leave, you can make sure that your treatment is still on track and pick up some useful tips for traveling with your braces.
Pack Ahead of Your Departure
Having braces means having a more involved dental hygiene routine. You’ll also have to pack a few more things than you otherwise would. To be sure that you don’t forget anything, pack your travel kit in advance of your departure. This kit should include all the regular items, along with a few extras for your braces: toothbrush, travel case, toothpaste, dental wax, pain medication, and floss threaders.
With dental wax, pain meds, and floss threaders on-hand, you’ll be ready for most surprises that may come your way on your travels.
Don’t Forget Your Priorities
If you’re wearing braces, it’s because you want a better, more comfortable smile. When you’re on vacation, don’t forget that. Chances are that you’ll be faced with all manner of temptations, including foods and drinks that won’t agree with your braces. Save yourself the stress and hassle and just avoid them. The brief pleasure now won’t be worth compromising your braces treatment. If you’re on vacation, there will be plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself than by splurging on sweets.
Call The Office of Dr. Steven Harrison
If you run into trouble with your braces while traveling, don’t hesitate to phone the office of Dr. Steven Harrison. For emergencies, you’ll want to seek immediate help, but our office will be happy to help with any non-emergency situations you experience.
For more information on our services and how to get started with Dr. Steven Harrison at the Parkcrest Dental Group, call our office today.